TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition
With its 15.25 mm high case and pushers on its powerful flanks, this timepiece is as expressive as a sports car. Edouard Heuer's great-grandson Jack also used the name Carrera for a chronograph he developed in 1963, a replica watch that allowed racers to know the time at a glance in the heat of a race. Jack Heuer also led the development of the TAG Heuer Monaco, the first waterproof automatic chronograph with a square case. Its name pays homage to the Monaco Grand Prix and the famous Monte Carlo Rally, which was won by Porsche's legendary 911 for three consecutive years from 1968 to 1970.
Later, there was a further link between Porsche and TAG Heuer, or replica TAG Heuer, as the Swiss watchmaker was sold to the TAG Heuer Group in the mid-1980s. The two brands collaborated to develop and produce the TAG Heuer Porsche engine that powered the McLaren team to three consecutive Formula One world championships, driven by Niki Lauda in 1984 and by Alain Prost in 1985 and 1986.
The new chronograph is available with a black calfskin strap with hand-decorated stitching reminiscent of Porsche sports car interiors and Carrera circuits or with a stainless steel strap composed of H-shaped links that form an integrated connection with the angular case through a fixed joint. Both wristbands are equipped with a robust, high-quality folding clasp.
A fully threaded screw-down case back with a sapphire window seals the bottom of the polished stainless steel case, which is resistant to pressure up to 10 bar. The transparent crystal gives an unobstructed view of the still-young automatic manufacture Calibre Heuer 02. But fake TAG Heuer consciously chose a unidirectional automatic winding mechanism with a ratchet, as it reduces both the total number of components and, more importantly, the overall height of the movement. The relatively small red column wheel protrudes from the very edge, accompanying the movement's steel (gray) bridges, wheels, levers and springs. Together with the vertical coupling, the column wheel ensures precise and reliable interval time measurement.